718 drunk drivers fined `9L in 4 months
Service road along Panvel to JNPT and Targhar to JNPT (Amra Marg) and also Palaspe to JNPT national highway
Till the service road is ready, the Panvel to JNPT township and Targhar to JNPT route should only be for passenger traffic with no entry to heavy traffic.
The frequent drives taken by the Navi Mumbai traffic department to curb the menace of drink driving in city roads has increased not only the number of such cases but also the amount collected from the drunk drivers in fines.
According to the sources from the department, the police collected a total of Rs8.60 lakh in fines from 718 drunk drivers from January to April.
Last year, in the corresponding period, 581 cases were registered and Rs8.28 lakh collected. The statistics reveal that the number of cases this year has increased by 22.95%.
“This year, we have concentrated on those areas where there are plenty of bars. People from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and the peripheral areas come to the bars. So we have deployed more number of officials in the areas such as Vashi, Panvel, Nerul, Belapur among others,” said Arvind Salve, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).
The police are also conducting random check on drivers on the busy roads. “Till last year, we mostly conducted special drives to curb the menace. But this year, we are doing something different. Officials have also been deployed on Palm Beach road, Sion-Panvel highway and other major roads,” he added.
As many as 922 road accidents took place in the city in 2015 as opposed to 828 accidents registered in 2014. Likewise, a total of 321 people lost their lives in 303 fatal accidents last year against 297 deaths in 309 fatal accidents in 2014. Drink driving was the reason behind many of these accidents, the police said.
Salve said drink-driving cases increase during festivals. “We booked 396 people who were driving drunk on New Year. At 56, Kalamboli saw the highest number of cases. Such cases also see a sharp hike during other festivals like Christmas, Dussehra and Holi,” he said.
“We create awareness among people through programmes such as street plays, public meetings and bike rallies every year during the road safety week. However, people forget within a few days and start flouting traffic norms again,” he added.